Only Season 4 and The Peacekeeper Wars were filmed and processed in widescreen format. Seasons 1 - 3 were filmed and processed in 4:3 format. Turning them into widescreen would require to cut strips on top and/or bottom of the picture. I'd rather keep the 4:3 format than have parts of the image cut off.
But I'm wondering if this is actually a new HD transfer or just an upconverted version of the old DVD transfers.
And what is about a Blu-ray release of The Peacekeeper Wars?
From what I've heard from some of my friends in the online Blu Ray/DVD community, the FS set will get the same sort of treatment the Firefly set got. The episode for season 1-3 should be remastered, but the digital effects will simply be upscaled due to the fact that they were rendered in 480p. Season 4, which was made with HD in mind, should get the full BD treatment though.
What I really want to know is, when the hell are Lionsgate going to put The Peacekeeper Wars out on BD here in the US.
The German Peacekeeper Wars BD is not a new transfer at all. They just upscaled the DVD transfer and filtered it to death. It's actually worse than the PAL (region 2) DVDs which look quite OK in a upscaling DVD or BD player.
In essence: it is an upscale from the PAL masters. But since Brian Henson has given his approval to this release I'm pretty confident that the result is much better than the hack job of an upscale that was done to the Peacekeeper Wars for the German Blu-ray release.